Michaela Rose Named SEC Women’s Runner of the Week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Michaela Rose was named SEC Women’s Runner of the Week on Tuesday following her collegiate-record breaking performance at the Corky Classic.
Just two hours after being named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week, Rose has been recognized with her fifth-career-weekly honor from the conference.
Rose lit up the track once again this past weekend as she found herself rewriting a 41-year-old record at the Corky Classic. The Suffolk, Va., native entered the week holding what was the No. 2 600-yard time in collegiate history of 1:17.58. Rose set this time a year-to-date (January 20, 2023) at the Red Raider Open.
Fast forward to January 20, 2024, and Rose cruised to an easy first-place finish in the event with a time of 1:16.76. This time erased what was the previous record for 41 years of 1:17.38, set by Tennessee’s Delisa Walton in 1982. Rose is the only women to run a sub-1:18.00 600y since 2001, doing so twice in back-to-back years. Both of her last two races in the 600y were Texas Tech Sports Performance Center records.
Her weekend closed out with the 4×400-meter relay teams, which saw the women’s A team consisting of Rose and her teammates Ella Onojuvwevwo, Brianna Lyston, and Garriel White. The team was able to take gold as they finished with a time of 3:32.96, which ranks sixth in the nation. Rose split a 51.53 400 on the second leg, which was the fastest of anyone on all 19 teams that competed.